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Cavs Corner: Teams battling for tourney positions
Posted 09/28/2017 09:45AM

 By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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Most of our varsity sports team are finishing their first run through conference play and are set to battle for conference crowns and state tournament positioning in the final two weeks of the regular season. The volleyball squad (five consecutive wins), girls tennis team (nine consecutive wins) and field hockey teams (two consecutive wins) all sit atop the conference standings while boys soccer (7-2-2) and boys golf (2-2) are in good positions. While the cross-country teams have not participated in a meet in some time, they are back at it this afternoon.


Week in Review

Girls Golf
The DA golf team won its lone match of the week, a 15-stroke victory over Saint Mary’s on Tuesday in Durham. Junior captain Haley Leversedge was the medalist as junior Jinger Callwood and ninth-grader Lydia Norman each set personal best scores on the course. Next up for coach Greg Murray’s crew will be next Thursday’s road matchup vs. North Raleigh Christian at TPC Wakefield Plantation. 

Girls Tennis
The girls tennis team survived a grueling four-match week last week and then took care of business against North Raleigh Christian on Tuesday to improve to 13-1 and 5-0 in TISAC play.  The Cavs continue to be ranked highly, at No. 3 in the News & Observer poll and No. 7 in the N.C. High School Tennis Coaches Association poll.

DA hosted defending state champs Charlotte Country Day and Providence Day last weekend as part of the “East-West Tennis Challenge.” The Cavs swept the three doubles matches and took five of six singles to beat the Bucs 8-1. Senior Nicole Riepl and sophomores Alexis Galloway, Madeline Towning and Renee George each earned two wins. Just 14 hours later, DA was back on the court taking a 9-0 sweep over Providence Day. In that match, the undefeated third doubles duo of Riepl and junior Julia King rallied from 2-5 down for an 8-5 win. In singles play, Towning, Galloway, George, sophomores Taylor Hunter and Emma Whitehurst and eighth-grader Mukta Dharmapurikar all won in straight sets.

In Tuesday’s 9-0 conference win at North Raleigh Christian, all 12 Cavs played and earned a win as DA prepares for today’s home showdown with Cary Academy (11-4, 4-1 TISAC). 

Boys Soccer
After one cycle through conference play, the boys soccer team sits in second place at 2-1-1 and is 7-2-2 overall after splitting a pair of games in the past week. DA is still ranked in the top 10 of the News & Observer poll at No. 8.

The Cavs were 4-0 home winners over Wake Christian on Friday evening as four different DA players found the back of the net. Sophomores Isaiah Caldwell (second goal of the season), Will Nichols (fourth goal), Ryan Kirschner (team-leading ninth goal) and junior Nick Epstein (sixth goal) all tallied as Caldwell, Kirschner and Epstein provided assists. Epstein’s two assists give him the team lead with nine. Junior Roberto Escobar earned his third shutout in goal.

On Tuesday, the Cavs traveled to Raleigh to face defending state champs North Raleigh Christian in a battle for the top of the conference standings. While the Cavs thought they had the opening goal as sophomore Crosby Williams headed home a cross from Kirschner, it was waived off, as the play was offsides. It did not take long for the Knights to take advantage as they scored just one minute later. Escobar was brilliant in goal as he made save after save to keep the Cavs in the game. Unfortunately, the Knights scored twice in the second half to take a 3-0 win. DA travels to Raleigh this afternoon to battle 6-5-1 Ravenscroft at 5:45 p.m. 

Coach Heidi Kearnan’s volleyball team heads into today’s road game at North Raleigh Christian having won five matches in a row. The Cavaliers (9-10, 3-0 TISAC) are playing their best volleyball of the year and will put their win streak to the test against the defending state champion Knights (16-1, 3-0 TISAC), who are ranked second in the area by the News & Observer

Friday’s 3-2 win over Ravenscroft was an exciting affair in Kirby Gym as four of the five sets were decided by just two points. The Cavs took the match 25-27, 26-24, 25-19, 26-28, 16-14 as junior Michiko Haynie led the team with 22 kills and six aces. Sophomore Adriana Kim was steady as always with 56 assists, three aces and three kills. Sophomore Millie Loehr (14), ninth-grader Elizabeth Kohn (13) and senior Ellie Palmer (10) also had double-digit kills while Kohn added a team-high seven aces.  

In Tuesday’s 29-27, 15-25, 25-16, 25-18 win at Saint Mary’s, Kohn was the DA kill leader with 10; she also had four aces. Junior Imani Spence stepped into the setter role and led the team with 19 assists and seven aces. Haynie added seven kills and five aces. 

Field Hockey
The field hockey team won its second-straight game on Tuesday, a 2-0 road conference victory at St. Mary’s. After going three games without scoring a goal, the Cavs have now won their last two games by a combined 9-0 score. In the victory over the Saints, junior Eleanor Robb struck first as she put home her seventh goal of the year off a corner insert by sophomore Hannah Grant. DA scored again before halftime as ninth-grader Jaden Simpson scored her sixth goal of the season, assisted by senior Callie Pierce. Junior Ellie McGhee earned her second consecutive shutout. The Cavs (6-5) host Cary Academy (7-3) this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. on Moylan Field in a battle for the top of the conference standings. 

The cross-country teams are back in action today after having been off for almost two weeks. The Cavs will host North Raleigh Christian and Saint Mary’s at 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, DA will host the annual Durham City/County Meet, which is always a fun event featuring all the schools in Durham County.

In the latest list of top times in the TISAC, senior Ethan Goldman’s 16:34 places him third, while junior Jack Anderson has the fifth-best time, sophomore Mark Alkins has the seventh-best time and junior Neil Mosca has the ninth-best time. On the girls side, ninth-grader Anna Catherine Wilson’s top time of 21:09 places her eighth in the conference followed by sophomore Fran Pacchiana’s 10th place, eighth-grader Stella Stringer’s 11th place and ninth-grader Quinn Shanahan’s 13th place. 


Fall Varsity Athletics Awards Program Date Change

Please note on your calendars that this year’s Fall Varsity Athletic Awards Program will be Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in Brumley Performing Arts Building on the Lower School campus. It had been scheduled for Oct. 31, but Halloween won out and the awards program will be held on Oct. 30.  


Winter Sports

Dates and times are set for basketball tryouts at the high school and middle school levels. Tryouts for the boys varsity and junior varsity basketball teams will begin on Monday, Oct. 30, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Kirby Gym. Tryouts for the girls varsity and junior varsity basketball teams will begin on Monday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lower School Gym.

Tryouts for the Middle School boys teams will be on Nov. 6, 7 and 8 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Middle School gym. Tryouts for the Middle School girls team will be on Nov. 9, 13 and 14 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Middle School Gym. 

Swim team practices will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Campus Hills Pool. Interested swimmers should be on the lookout for announcements about organizational meetings during the school day in mid-October.


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Keeping up with the Cavs

As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App: Schedules and Results

The DA App: Schedules and Results

  • The DA App allows you to keep up with athletics wherever you are. You can download the app from iTunes at The DA App pulls athletics content directly from the DA website and delivers it to iOS-based devices including iPhone and iPad.
  • The Athletics portion of the DA App (after launching, click Menu, then click Athletics to open) features results of recent games, a list of upcoming contests and team records.

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